Sex outside the city: Sex work in rural and regional NSW

John Scott, John Hunter, Vanessa Hunter, Angela Ragusa

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DUring the last decade 'prostitution' has been characterised as a 'soctal problem' throughout rural and regional New South Wales. As we show here, the urban-centric nature of popular and offical discourses of prostitution have inadvertently allowed for the development of regulatory positions which have negatively impacted sex workers in rural and regional communities and lead to conflict among sectors of the rural sex industry and between the sex industry and community activists. In addition to examining the problematisation of sex work in rural New South Wales, this paper sets out to understand why rural sex work has historically lacked visibility in popular and scholarly discourses. We provide an overview of the distinctive organisational aspects of the sex industry in rural contexts. Evidence for our assertions is largely derived from primary interview data collected from sex industry workers based in rural New South Wales. The paper represents the first attempt in the research literature on prostitution to understand sex work as a rural phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-167
Number of pages17
JournalRural Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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